The initial idea of planting a vineyard in our local village came during a driving holiday in Germany. Whilst traveling along the river Rhine, we stayed at a beautiful town called Rhinegarten. We had a room overlooking a local vineyard in a lovely little family run hotel, and it inspired our conversation regarding the similarities between the area we where in and Somerby, our home. On arriving home we discussed what we had seen and our thoughts with our neighbors, Shaun and Victoria Merrick. Shaun offered the use of some land in his walled garden so we could take up the challenge of producing some wine. So in 2006 we fenced off an acre of land and planted 150 vines. Of the 150 vines planted 100 were red regent and 50 white phoenix. Our success in cultivating these vines led to the rapid expansion of Somerby Vineyards. So from these humble beginnings we have increased our number of vines by 60 times to over 9000 and are currently growing 7 different varieties of grapes that will enable us to produce a wide range of wines.